Somatostatin (SS) impairs nutrient absorption. It has been suggested that hyposomatostatinaemia may be involved in the pathogenesis of obesity. However, data on postprandial SS-like immunoreactivity (SLI) levels in obese subjects are controversial and the levels of SS-28, the main molecular form of circulating SLI in healthy subjects, have not been determined. To characterise the fasting and postprandial plasma pattern of SLI and SS-28 in obese men, we studied eight obese men (age 24-32 yr, BMI 33-42 kg/m2), with normal glucose tolerance test and normal gastric emptying of solids, and eight healthy men (age 24-39 yr, BMI 21-24 kg/m2). Blood samples were taken at regular intervals in fasting conditions and for 2 h after a standard solid-liquid meal (2.3 MJ). Plasma SLI and SS-28 were measured by RIA. Our results showed that fasting and postprandial plasma SLI and SS-28 levels were not significantly different in healthy and obese subjects. In conclusion SS-28 is the predominant form of circulating SLI in obese subjects. The normal pattern of fasting and postprandial plasma SLI and SS-28 levels in such subjects suggests that somatostatin does not have a pathogenetic role in obesity.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Endocrinological Investigation|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1998|
- Gastric emptying,
- Mixed meal
- Plasma somatostatin
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